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Danxomε A Narrative of Pride and Suspicion

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Danxomε, emerged early in the eighteenth century as a response to the growing chaos, having succeeded in defeating the small kingdoms of Xwedá and Aladà. This chapter examines the kingdom of Danxomε in order to see its role in the formation of the future state of Dahomey/Benin. Goudjo affirms that, for the peoples surrounding the old kingdom of Danxomε, "the wounds remain as repressed memories, maintained by legends and myths that sacralise a reality that is perhaps less dramatic". For a citizen of northern Benin everybody from the south is a Dahomean. Echoing both Hurbon's analysis of Haiti and Adè's reading of Benin, assert that these "repressed memories", deeply embedded in the collective conscience of the Béninois people, have implications for the construction of the modern state. At the same time, they help to explain the role of the Christian Churches as 'exit options' in a society.

Keywords: Aladà; Benin; Christian churches; Dahomey; Danxomε; Hurbon; Xwedá



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